Theater: Hamlet

OLD PLAYS

Enter Hamlet, handcuffed, in a wheeled coffin. He looks scornfully at King Claudius and Queen Gertrude sleeping in a bed near by, yanks the blankets from them, climbs out of the coffin. "O! that this too too solid flesh would melt," he moans. Thus begins the strange version of Hamlet that Director Joseph Papp presented last week at his Public Theater in Manhattan's Greenwich Village. In his years as producer of New York's open-air Shakespeare summer festival in Central Park, Papp has proved his ability to do the Bard straight. This...